China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
China’s rise as the world’s leading financer and investor is a historic moment for the Asian giant and holds potential for spurring global development. Nonetheless, with its heavy state hand and resources concentration, China’s outward capital has been subject to charges like economic exploitation, political control and strategic suppression. This panel brings together four papers by scholars in the U.S and China that study China’s capital globalization with original data, new fieldwork and diverse methods. The panel further our understanding of the actualeffects of China’s outward investment (Shi Paper), sources of political tensions (Wong; Alkon Papers), and how Chinese state and state capital are responding to political backlashes in their overseas projects (Jin and Ye Paper).
The panel additionally fulfills innovative and new directions components encouraged by the AAS committee. Firstly, the papers are empirically rich and diverse; they showcase new methods and data in studying China. Secondly, the papers speak to concerns in scholarly and policy communities and incorporate discourses in the U.S, China, broader Asia, and other regions (Africa and Latin America). Thirdly, subjects covered in this panel represent disciplines that are traditionally underrepresented at annual AAS meetings, such as politics, foreign policy, economics, environment, and global business. Finally, the panel will go beyond discussion of the four papers. The chair will pose overarching themes; the discussants will synthesize the papers and facilitate inclusive and interactive exchange with the panelists and audience.